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Karyn Hay began working with TVNZ at a time when elocution lessons were mandatory for all public broadcast announcers. After securing her position on Radio with Pictures she attended her first lesson. Whether the teacher thought she was unteachable, or he just liked the sound of her Kiwi tones isn’t known, but he suggested she sounded just fine and that her voice would be the making of her. His advice was prescient and Hay became widely known for her innovation in bringing a New Zealand accent onto television and into our lounge rooms.
Karyn Hay is also a successful novelist, a Frank Sargeson Fellow, director and producer, and is currently the host of Lately on Radio New Zealand.
Listen to Karyn Hay announce the line up for a 1981 episode of Radio with Pictures.
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Image: Screengrab from Radio with Pictures.
Catalogue Reference TZP97550
Producer: Tony Holden
Presenter: Karyn Hay